Butterscotch-Chocolate Chip Chews

In The Joy of Cookies, Sharon Tyler Herbst writes that these cookie bars are “gooey-chewy-good.” That’s an accurate descriptor, although a slight understatement. These are sweet (dark brown sugar, dark corn syrup) and buttery. The vanilla (a whole tablespoon in the bar part, and another two teaspoons in the glaze) comes on strong, but is well-balanced with toasted pecans and chocolate — big semi-sweet morsels in the bar and mini semi-sweets on top.

Ms. Herbst suggests using butterscotch chips instead of chocolate but I cannot imagine these being as good with that much more sugar. They are nigh unto the tipping point for me already!

This is the third time I’ve noticed that Ms. Herbst has used the phrase “gild the lily” (referring to the butterscotch glaze here) in our hop-scotch journey through this book, and I’m beginning to wonder if it is to her as “preternatural” is to Anne Rice. Tiny pet peeve of mine: If it’s worth saying twice, it’s worth saying differently the second time. I don’t always live by those words, but wouldn’t the world be richer if we did? Imagine the vocabulary!


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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One Response to Butterscotch-Chocolate Chip Chews

  1. Fiona says:

    Hmmm, I think I might be turning the opage at this point after my book comes – they do look awfully sickly sweet! And I can’t buy the little morsels over ghere – I have a lot of butterscotch ones left from a previous trip to PA but they too are best in moderation. Oh well, plenty of others to make 🙂

    And I wholeheartedly agree with you about repeated words. I had to point out to a friend who writes purely for pleasure that he had used the word ‘Arcane’ four times in as many pages. It jarred the second time, and by the fourth my teeth were on edge.

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